stuttering at age 2,5???

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my boy just started stutering. he is 2.5. has this happened to anybody else? do i need to take him to his doctor or find a speech therapist? please advice!

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Tricia - posted on 11/03/2010

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Hi, I'm a speech therapist. Rest assured your child is completely normal! This is a sign that his language comprehension right now is exceeding his verbal expression, which is very normal. At 2.5 there is no need for intervention for this. Trust me when I say that the less you call attention to it, the better it will be. If he becomes conscious of it, it could make things worse. Pay attention to your communication habits. If you speak very rapidly and excitedly often, he may be attempting to speed up to match you. Make him feel like he has all the time in the world to express himself. Once his expressive language skills "catch up" to his comprehsive skills, this will subside (as long as he doesn't become self conscious of it).

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2010

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My son is also 2.5. He just started stutering. My mom said to not make them feel bad or they are doing something wrong when they start, to simply take your hand and comfort them like rub there back or touch them on there head. Tell them to slow down. My mom said I had the same problem when I was his age. She took me to the doctor and he said it was just a stage. That the child just gets excited about telling something and the mouth is trying to catch up with the brain. Just comfort the child during the moment. My son has been doing it for about 3wks now. He is mostly getting stuck on the word I... I am trying to teach him another word than "i want or "i need. But everything I come up with makes it seem like he is talking about himself in the third person.. lol Goddluck..

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Hesti - posted on 11/04/2010

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Thank you for you input Tricia - how fortunate are we to have moms-in-the-know around!

Tazia - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son used to stutter when he was 2 and I talked to his dr and he said it was completely normal and they do it because they have so many thoughts going on in their heads and they try to say a lot at once and can't so that caused the stuttering and most kids grow out of it by the time they are 3-3.5 and mine did so I really wouldn't worry to much and just think of it as a cute little thing he's going through right now.

Merri - posted on 11/03/2010

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My so just turned 3 and started stuttering about 2 months ago. I told his doctor at our 3 year check up. She sent us to speak therapy for an elvalution. I was told alot of toddlers esp boys start stuttering between 2-4 it usually only last for about six months or so. They can do therapy with them if they notice certain things i.e he gets frustraded when he stutters or does alot fo hand movements when he stutters, also if he is repeating the word rather then just the first sound of the word. I say talk to you doctor an evaluation cant hurt

Lara - posted on 11/03/2010

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I agree with Hesti, if you are worried by it, and your instincts tell you something is not right, I would get it checked out.

Hesti - posted on 11/03/2010

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Anything happen recently that could have brought it on? New school, house, teacher, sibling... all of it things that can lead to a change in speech pattern. I agree that at 2.5 their vocabulary is not that eloborate yet and he might just be searching for the words to use... but my instinct as a mom would be 'if it bothers you, get it checked out'.

Lara - posted on 11/02/2010

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My boy is just over 2.5 and also stutters a bit. I have put it down to him trying to get out his story, for example, whe he is trying to tell me what happend at school that morning. I think he knows what he wants to say but doesn't quite have the vocabulary yet. I wouldn't worry just yet.

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